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Not a good time for Warriors to play Bulls

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Not a good time for Warriors to play Bulls

Chicago (1-0) vs. Warriors (0-1)
on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 7 p.m.

OAKLAND -- The good news is the Warriors get to immediatelybounce back from their disappointing season-opening loss to the Clippers. Badnews is that its against the Chicago Bulls.Of all the teams the Warriors could play right now, feelslike the Bulls have to be among the worst. Theyre an elite defensive team,they already seem to be playing for something and theyve got goodchemistry.The Warriors are clearly not a finished product and werevery much looking for their way on the offensive end against L.A. Warriors coach Mark Jackson focused onhis team giving up 64 points in the second half, and that was definitely aproblem.

But at least the Warriors played one pretty good defensivehalf against the Clippers in the first. They werent good on offense ineither half. The Bulls could make it very difficult on the Warriors onMonday. They have a way of locking down opponents in the halfcourt, and that's where the Warriors are weak.And dont forget, MVP Derrick Rose might even have somethingto prove. He was less than ordinary when the Warriors beat Chicago last seasonat Oracle, finishing with just 14 points -- on 6-for-15 from the field -- andnine turnovers.-- Stephen Curry ended up playing onSunday after spraining his right ankle in the last preseason game. Curry hadntpracticed since rolling the ankle Tuesday in Sacramento.Curry didnt play well against the Clippers -- 2-for-12 fromthe field, five turnovers -- but it wasnt obvious that the ankle was botheringhim. At least not to me. Currydefinitely didnt blame the ankle afterwards, saying it felt fine.-- One place the Warriors didnt lose thegame was on the interior. David Lee and Andris Biedrins werent the problem asthey held their own against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.The Warriors resorted to intentionally fouling Jordan in thethird quarter, a strategy that neither failed nor succeeded. Jordan went4-for-12 from the free throw line on the night, but the Warriors didnt go onany kind of run when employing the strategy.Jordan may not have been great from the line, but he made upfor it by blocking eight shots.---Brandon Rush was the Warriors mostproductive player off the bench, scoring 12 points in 28 minutes. There weretimes when he was on the floor at the same time as Dorell Wright, but itscertainly possible Rush could cut into Wrights minutes this season.Wright still seems to be searching for his game a little bitthis season.

Report: KD wants to own an NBA team

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Report: KD wants to own an NBA team

Kevin Durant figures to have a good chunk of his career ahead of him, but he's already thinking of his next move.

Durant is only 29-years-old, but is already in the midst of his 11th NBA season. For his post-basketball life, the reigning Finals MVP has his sights set on NBA ownership.

Over his last 18 months as a member of the Golden State Warriors, Durant's increasingly yearned to own an NBA team, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Haynes. 

"[This] is a genuine goal of his after he retires, to add another African-American in the position of majority ownership," a league source told Haynes under the condition of anonymity. 

Currently, Michael Jordan is the only African-American majority owner in the league. Durant said he would also like to see more African-Americans in front office roles. 

"[Jordan] was the first big Nike athlete, the biggest star of his time, but if you don't have the trajectory, that path, that journey, it's going to be hard to do what he did," Durant told ESPN. "But you can still affect the NBA and the game of basketball in a different way. You don't have to be an owner.

"I think it should be more guys in the positions of power like general managers and scouts and coaches. Anything that involves the day-to-day operations of these franchises. I think more players and more experienced players should be in those positions."

Durant and his business partner, Rich Kleiman, have met with multiple tech executives and team owners in order to "learn the lay of the land," Haynes wrote. 

He's not the only former MVP on the Warriors with ownership aspirations, either. Stephen Curry tweeted last month he wanted in on Sean "Diddy" Combs' prospective bid for the Carolina Panthers, and Curry told ESPN last month he's "really serious" about the opportunity. 

Gameday: Intensity, fury rages as Warriors visit Cavaliers in rivalry's next chapter

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Gameday: Intensity, fury rages as Warriors visit Cavaliers in rivalry's next chapter

The Warriors will have their full squad available Monday when they wrap up their season series with the longtime rival Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The teams have met in the last three NBA Finals, with the Warriors winning twice.

The Warriors (35-9) are coming off an impressive back-to-back road sweep, winning at Milwaukee on Friday and at Toronto on Saturday. Their regular starting lineup -- Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green -- will be together for only the fourth time in the last six weeks.

The Cavaliers (26-16) have stumbled lately, losing seven of their last nine. Isaiah Thomas, acquired in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston in August, made his debut on Jan. 3 and will be playing his fourth game as a member of the Cavaliers.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 5.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James: The top two forwards, and conceivably the two best players, in the game today. The Warriors are 5-2 against Cleveland since Durant was acquired to offset James. James is No. 3 in scoring (27.1 per game), Durant No. 5 (26.3). Both are efficient scoring machines. James is rebounding better (8.0-7.0), Durant blocking more shots (2.14-1.07). When these two clash, it’s hard to take your eyes off them. Durant asks to defend James and won the battle when the teams met on Christmas Day in Oakland.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (low back soreness), F Andre Iguodala (hip flexor strain) and G Shaun Livingston (L shin contusion) have been upgraded to available.

Cavaliers: G Derrick Rose (L ankle sprain) and G Iman Shumpert (L knee surgery rehab) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Cavaliers: 3-7.

GAME OFFICIALS

Scott Foster (crew chief), Marat Kogut, Eric Lewis

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won the first of two meetings this season, 99-92, on Christmas Day in Oakland. The teams split two meetings last season. The Warriors have won five of the last seven regular-season meetings and 11 of the last 14. They have won 11 of 18 NBA Finals games played in the last three years.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE POINT MEN: Neither Curry nor Thomas played on Christmas Day, so it’ll be intriguing to see them renew a battle that dates back to Thomas’ days in Sacramento. Curry generated dominated the matchup, though Thomas has since made the leap from good to great offensive player. One thing remains, though: Thomas remains among the league’s worst defenders.

INTENSITY LEVELS: Because of the history, the air crackles with fury when these teams meet. That won’t change anytime soon. But the Cavaliers, having beaten the Warriors only once in the last seven meetings, should be particularly fierce. This game means more to Cleveland than it does to the Warriors. Will the Warriors be able to match the intensity they’ll face inside the Q?

THE ARC: The 3-ball almost certainly will be crucial in this game. The Cavs are third in 3-pointers made (513), while the Warriors are fifth at 505. But the Warriors are more accurate, shooting at 38.9 percent to Cleveland’s 37.2. The Warriors are slightly better at defending the arc and, on the other end, can use ball movement to stress the Cavs’ relatively slow defenders.